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Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The size makes it easy to transport
4 well placed fans
Low price

Cons: The front of the top 2 fans can interfere (or not be installable) if you're using an aftermarket heatsink.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to move my PC out of a Rosewell Thor V2. I did this because given my current situation I was constantly moving between my home and my mother's. I don't like using laptops for extended periods so this simply made the most sense to me.

The most noticeable difference between this tower and the Thor V2 is it doesn't keep the components as cool. The second is that the front top fan may not be useable. With the aftermarket heat sink I installed (92mm) I was forced to take it back out because the two interfered with each other.

Given the price difference between this tower and the Thor V2 (not to mention the large size difference) it's understandable that it wouldn't run as cool. My temps are usually 35-55c and the GPU might hit 65c under heavy load.

In the Thor V2 they ran 30-45c all the time, whether under load or not. I can only remember it hitting 50c once and that was when I had 2 graphically intense games running on two different screens. lol

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MSI N680GTX-PM2D2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Solid GPU
Runs quiet

Cons: Seems weak for the specs/price

Other Thoughts: I had went from an AMD 7850 to this card in March. Honestly not all that impressed by it as it seems to struggle with some games that the 7850 could push on Ultra High 1920x1080.

My brother is still running a 7850 and with both of us having up to date drivers, identical CPU & Ram, it out performs this card most of the time. Even so, it works well enough to still deserve a 4 egg rating, especially since it isn't much stress to over-clock it some to help with the FPS drops it has in some games.

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Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Reads quickly
Nice space for the price (got it on sale)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: When testing it for a video recording software it was running around 89-95 MB/s write speed. Not the fastest, but for the price and size of the hard drive, I'm happy. I've had no issues out of it since purchasing it in March.

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John B.'s Profile

Display Name: John B.

Date Joined: 07/31/10

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 10/11/12
  • Last Review: 12/03/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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